Robert Johnson Guitar DVD
taught by Scott Ainslie

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Acoustic Guitar Article and Videos

The November 2009 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine features Scott's article on Robert Johnson with TAB and accompanying video clips.

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Scott Ainslie’s BluesNotes e-list

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We all spend more time than we’d probably like looking at these screens, so I use the list sparingly. You can expect two or three messages per year. They will fall into one of three categories:

  • New Releases

    As new products become available, we’ll announce them here first, with advance sales opportunites and a brief description.

  • BluesNotes Essays

    These essays are generally drawn from my reading and research into African and American history as it pertains to understanding Blues, African-American, and now American culture and music. If the essay is more than would suit an email format, I’ll put a teaser paragraph or two and a link to the Cattail website, where the BluesNotes are archived.

  • Gigs or Tours in your region

    We ask for your zipcode and address so that I can sort the list geographically when I have appearances or workshops in your region.

My calendar is always available at There is no need to send you a message in California for a tour in North Carolina. I’d just as soon save you the screen time and do my part to cut down on the email traffic.

Should you ever want to change your preferred address with us or be removed from the list for any reason, please email me citing the current address we have and the change you would like and we will tend to it.

My thanks and best wishes,

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The BluesNotes E-list

A few years back I started sending out occasional essays, commentaries and profiles of books that I found of interest as I read and researched about Blues:  its history, personalities, cultural lineage, social and political contexts. These posts are archived as "BluesNotes" on our site.

I also send out notices of regional tours and new releases. You can expect to receive two or three messages per year from us, typically they are under a page. If an essay is longer, we'll have a teaser with a link to the rest of the essay which will be available in full on line. These often lead to interesting email conversations. And a longer list of books that have been recommended to me by folks like you.

Like so much else, the web is a limited resource to be used lightly. I typically sort the BluesNotes list geographically when I send notice of tours, so you won't hear from me at your home in Florida encouraging you to come to my gig in California. The calendar is always on line at the site and if you are traveling, you can check to see if somehow we'll be in the same place at the same time. Stranger things have happened, believe me.

You can change or remove an address from our list by sending an email citing the address we now have for you with your request. We'll search for it and replace or delete it per your request. No hard feelings. We're all busy and these screens are taking way too much time away from the artist inside you and me.

Estimates are that more than 80% of email traffic is now SPAM: unwanted and unsolicited.  Our email list is private. Our goal is to use it sparingly and with respect. Your cooperation helps us do that.

The life's blood of an independent artist's career is now intimately related to our interconnectedness using the web, email, and networking sites. We save paper and resources by staying in touch on-line. We thank you for entering into this community of interest with us. Your presence is a gift.


Here at Cattail Music, when we are serving addresses in the United States and Canada, we routinely ship by first class mail. Overseas orders are shipped via air mail.

We typically ship orders on the business day following placement. If there will be a delay of any kind, we will apprise you of it. Most orders arrive well within 14 days.

“We can do good. We can make the world a better place. And we can do it with something as ephemeral as music in the air!”
– Cattail CEO Scott Ainslie

Cattail Music, Ltd.

101 Washington Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
tel. 802-257-7391

Dedicated to the production and distribution of authentic traditional and original roots and blues-oriented recordings, to date Cattail Music has released five compact disc recordings: Jealous of the Moon (1995), Terraplane (1997), You Better Lie Down (2002), The Feral Crow (2004), and Thunder’s Mouth (2008).

Serving the Community through Music

As a company, Cattail Music works in support of our multi-cultural communities by donating product and peformances for charitable causes, presenting educational programs on the African roots of American music and culture, facilitating live performances, and producing, recording and distributing recordings aimed at deepening our appreciation and awareness of our shared history and culture.

Advancing and Enriching Our Communities

Our efforts are guided by the belief that emotionally authentic music presented with sensitivity to its social and historical contexts will help increase the amount of compassion and empathy within our communities, educating, entertaining and helping to heal us at one and the same time.

Simply put, we are committed to the fact that music can and does change the world. Summing this up in a radio interview in 2004, CEO Scott Ainslie said, “We can do good. We can make the world a better place. And we can do it with something as ephemeral as music in the air.”

Established in Durham, NC in 1995, Cattail Music moved to its current location in 2002. We are a corporation registered and licensed by the State of Vermont and are subject to its laws and regulations.